Iran to boost oil output by 500,000 barrels

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Baku, February 9, AZERTAC

Iran is aiming to increase its oil production by 500,000 barrels per day now that sanctions have been lifted under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, a top official said, according to Daily Mail.

In coments posted on the Oil Ministry's website Monday, Deputy Oil Minister Roknoddin Javadi said Iran is determined to retake its share of the oil market, which plunged after crippling sanctions were imposed in 2012.

The U.N. nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all its commitments under last summer's agreement, prompting the lifting of a broad range of economic sanctions, including those covering the oil industry. Other sanctions unrelated to Iran's nuclear program remain in place.

Iran used to export 2.3 million barrels per day but its crude exports fell to 1 million in 2012. Iran's total production currently stands at 3.1 million barrels per day.

"In the wake of removal of sanctions, Iran is prepared to increase its crude output by 500,000 barrels per day. Today, a government order was issued to increase production," Javadi said, adding that it will take a year to return to pre-sanctions production levels.

Oil prices have recently plummeted to under $30 a barrel, the lowest in 13 years. Javadi said an oversupply of some 2 million barrels a day is to blame.

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